Answer to The Blaze

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On Tuesday the Ides of March (interestingly enough) a blogger by the name of Matt Walsh wrote an anti-Trump post for “The Blaze”. An online publication site owned by Rafael Edward Cruz supporter Glen Beck.

In his post, Matt attacks not only Trump, those that generally support Trump, but those conservative leaders who also support Trump. Following the lines of other Cruz slappies Matt goes on to imply that if one supports Trump that you are anti-Christian, and not really a true conservative.

He also uses Holy Scripture to prove his point of view. Quoting Ephesians 5:6 and 11, and mentioning the Books of Colossians and 2nd Timothy.

But he forgets, conveniently, to quote Scripture that would have a lot to say about the end times of our day that would put Rafael Edward Cruz in a bad light.

Matthew 7:22-23
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

2nd Timothy 3:5
having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

Mark 13:21-23
At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.

2nd Peter 2:1-3
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them — bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. There condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction had not been sleeping.

The fabricated stories out of the Cruz leadership at the Iowa Caucus that resulted in the greed of a Cruz win. In Iowa, most people outside of politics just don’t understand just how easy that could have been avoided. All the Cruz leadership had to do was call the Carson leadership to confirm. They all have each others numbers here in Iowa. But it’s obvious it wasn’t done which indicates the deception towards Iowa voters was planned.

I could name names as Matt did in his post. But the Cruz leadership in Iowa know who they are and they know full well what they did was wrong.

Those of us Christian Conservatives who are supporting Donald Trump know he isn’t the ideal candidate. But he is an honest one. Our nation has drifted so far away from the original intent that someone who stands firmly in that spot is truly unelectable. Small steps are needed to bring us back. And we start with Trump.

Remember to check Holy Scripture into the character of the men that God himself chose to lead His people. Many of them are not at all godly and all of them had deep character faults. God qualifies the called. He does not call the qualified. This is all for God’s Glory not ours.

2 man race

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Looking over the numbers for delegates needed and available for the GOP nomination. This really is a two-man race between Trump and Cruz. The majority of the remaining delegates are in winner-take-all states.

Kasich has no chance at all in this race. Even if he wins his home state of Ohio. That’s only 66 more delegates. He would finally break over 100 at that point. But to win the nomination he needs 1,183 more delegates out of the 1,435 remaining delegates. Kasich would have to win all of the 17 winner-take-all states and the majority of the remaining states. So Kasich needs a miracle to win at this point.

Rubio is doing better than Kasich. But he too would need the 99 delegates from his home state of Florida and the rest of the winner-take-all states just like Kasich. Rubio has a better chance than Kasich but its still a long-shot. And not a bet I would take.

Cruz, the only contender to Trump, is going to have to sweep the winner-take-all states as well. He needs 878 delegates to get the nomination. 898 are available in the 17 winner-take-all states. Cruz will fall short if he doesn’t get all of these states. He just doesn’t have enough delegates at this point.

Trump on the other hand has the winning cards right now. He is ahead in delegates and by popular vote as well. But he still needs 779 more delegates to get the nomination. If Trump can get the majority of the proportional states and half of the winner-take-all states he can win the nomination. Given Trump’s current record this is very much a possibility.

With all four candidates in the race up to the GOP convention it is highly likely that Donald Trump will be that nominee.

Why I support Donald Trump

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It is more and more looking like Donald J. Trump will be the GOP nominee for President of the United States in 2016. A champion to stop the tide of destruction that has come upon our Great Republic. I personally like The Donald and I supported him in the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucus. The reasons are simple.

I am not politically correct. Only two candidates have ever talked about the PC dangers in our society. The Donald and Dr Ben Carson, whom I also like as a candidate.

I find Donald Trump to be an honest man. Even with his billions, he is approachable by the common man. There is a connection not felt with the other candidates. He has changed his views on a number of issues, but so have I over the years as I have matured.

Donald Trump is a leader of men but he is not a boss of men. He seeks out advise from those that know more or better than he does. And he listens to that advise as well. Although the buck does stop with him.

He has stated many times that he would hire the other GOP candidates on stage with him in his administration if elected. Another good sign there and one shared with Gov Mike Huckabee before his campaign ended. None of the other candidates have stated that. So it’s not about the power and shows humility.

Trump says he is a Christian. And I believe he believes he is a Christian. For far too long most Christian’s in America are of the “Sunday” variety. They go to Church on Sunday and at Easter and Christmas and believe that is all that is necessary. But that is really just the first step in many to being a believer. And I am not going to deny Donald my support because of it. In fact I will give him my prayers as well so he can become born-again as a believer.

So I cannot support Marco Rubio. Like Obama, he is a young and inexperienced. He hasn’t raised a teenager at home yet. How can he withstand crisis from without when he has never had one within. It is not Marco Rubio’s time. Maybe in 2020 or 2024 he can run again for the highest office.

The State of Florida sent Rubio to the Senate. But he has consistently missed votes while campaigning for President. If he can’t do the job he was sent to do, why should he get a promotion?

I also cannot support Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz. Ted Cruz professes to be a born-again Evangelical Christian. And with that I hold him to a higher standard and expect him to behave as he claims.

He, his national campaign staff, and his local campaign staff and supporters have consistently behaved in an unChristian like manner. Ted Cruz and his staff and supporters have lied and cheated there way to a victory in Iowa. Fortunately other states have not been hoodwinked by those lies.

Ted Cruz’s treatment of Mike Huckabee at his Kim Davis Rally was also appalling. And a direct violation of “thou shalt not covet.”

Senator Cruz, his staff, and followers all say “look at me, we are the righteous and the religious among you so you should vote Cruz if you are too”. They are the scribes and Pharisees of today.

What the Cruz campaign did in Iowa to Dr Ben Carson was a dirty play. And his staff has boasted that they would do “anything to win”. These are not Christian values and ethics at work. And to have such a play come from the highest level of the campaign shows that the corruption goes to the very root of Ted Cruz core and character.

And most recently we have Steve Deace, a national radio personality, tweeting out false Trump quotes to his followers. Some believing them to be real quotes. And Steve Deace does nothing to prevent that from happening. In fact that is his goal. Another unChristian activity and one that bears false witness.

Lastly the other candidates I cannot currently support as they do not have the momentum to carry them to the nomination. And unless there is a miracle for them on SuperTuesday they should bow out of the race and leave it up to the 3 front runners.

I will state that I will support the GOP nominee if it is Donald Trump or someone else. Even if I currently do not support them. Any of the GOP candidates is better for the future of this Great Republic than Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

If You Break It…

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Former Senator and 1996 Republican Presidential candidate Bob Dole recently endorsed Marco Rubio, saying Rubio “wants to grow the party unlike [Ted] Cruz.” Dole went on to say in National Review:

We have to have a nominee, Republicans, who can bring the party together and reach out to moderates and independents and not just the far right-wing.

Although this is an admirable goal on paper, it hasn’t really worked out so well. Since Ronald Reagan, moderate Republicans won 3 out of the past 7 Presidential elections (which Dole should know considering he was one of the moderates who lost the Presidency). And the moderates who won? They both had the last name “Bush.”

Republican leadership loves to talk about attracting moderates and independents, but it tries to do it by acting more like Democrats. In a battle between real Democrats and Democrat Lite, the real Democrats will always win because they are the genuine article. Or at least as genuine as current Democrats can be.

So, this begs the question of why Republicans keep trying to be Democrat Lite when they keep losing Presidential elections using that approach. Say what you will about Ted Cruz, but he stands for something. Whether you agree with that something is immaterial to the point I’m trying to make. In fact, the rise of Donald Trump can be linked to the growing disappointment with how quickly Republican leadership rolls over for Democrats.

That’s right, kids. Trump is a monster created by…the squishiness of Republicans like Bob Dole. Of course, they won’t admit it, but they don’t need to.

But here’s the other thing Dole and his cohorts are missing. How many people would be willing to vote Republican if the GOP started acting like Republicans again? I have been greatly disappointed in Republicans in recent years because it seems most of the leadership seems to be ashamed to stand for the conservative/libertarian position. Perhaps it’s because they have spines of Jello, or maybe they’re afraid of what the media would say about them if they dared to challenge the Leftist narrative.

Guess what, kids. The media don’t care. They will continue to say whatever they want, regardless of whether it resembles the truth. Why try to curry favor with that nest of vipers? On the off chance they’ll say something nice about you (which usually only happens when these Republicans attack the ones taking a stand)?

It’s moderate Republicans like Bob Dole who broke the GOP, and unless grassroots Republicans stop settling, the party will be broken for elections to come.

Caucus Afterthoughts

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After watching the top three speeches from last night I have no doubts that I voted for the best candidate at my caucus.

Marco Rubio took advantage of his 3rd place win in Iowa. And he congratulated Ted Cruz on his victory. Rubio did talk more on the issues and still looked forward to future wins and the White House.

Donald Trump didn’t speak on the issues but did thank the people of Iowa on taking 2nd place in the caucus. Donald also thanked his good friend and fellow candidate Mike Huckabee, who dropped out of the race. Donald also congratulated Ted Cruz on his victory and was looking forward to future wins in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

By stark contrast, Ted Cruz talked endlessly about himself. Never mentioning his opponents who came in just 4 and 5 points behind him. And he took the win in Iowa as if it was a definitive landslide victory. He repeatedly called again for a coalescing of the Republican Party behind him. Again this is too early in the game for such a play by Ted or anyone. The party is not ready yet to move in that direction after just one contest. So if Ted wins in New Hampshire and South Carolina, then that talk is warranted. Otherwise waiting until the SuperTuesday results is the best time to determine who should coalesce and with whom.

Ted did thank the people of Iowa for his win. He also thank Congressman Steve King, Bob Vander Plaats of The Family Leader, who happens to be his National Co-Chair. And Steve Deace.

It’s ironic on how Ted Cruz calls for a coalescing of the Republican Party so early in the 2016 election cycle. When, in the Senate, he can’t get his own party to side with him on many issues. And none of his fellow Senators have endorsed him either … that should be a sign of how he will lead this country.

The media is just being stupid at the results of the Iowa caucus. They seem surprised. They seem confused by the results vs the polls. But they are very similar. Trump and Cruz have both polled well in Iowa. Both have held the lead in those polls. And Rubio surged ahead after the last debate before the caucus. So it comes as no surprise to me that Cruz, Trump, and Rubio took the top three spots. And they only have 5 percentage points spread between them. Hardly a clear victory for anyone.

But let’s look at some fun facts. Since 1972 three Democrats who won in Iowa moved on to become the nominee and win the White House. And two of those were Barack Obama.

On the Republican side it’s also been three who have won Iowa and became the nominee to win the White House. And in two of these, the Republican ran unopposed.

So congratulations on Ted Cruz’s win here in Iowa. If history is any lesson for us, he will not become the nominee or win the White House. But his camp can gloat in their victory and have their false sense of security while another candidate takes the nomination and the White House for the Republican Party.

Grading the Candidates

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The Des Moines Register had an online scorecard to find out who one should support in the upcoming caucus. Even though I am fairly decided already, I thought I would take the quiz to see where my candidates stand.

This is of course just using the information provided in the Des Moines Register. Well known for not being kind to the conservative movement or the Republican party.

There are 9 issues and several parts to each. And you must agree or disagree with the candidates position listed. In some cased the candidate has no position listed. I will admit on these I generally gave the candidate the benefit of the doubt, but not always.

Here are my results (out of a possible score of 900)

Cruz: 830
Huckabee: 836
Carson: 786
Trump: 746
Fiorina: 696
Paul: 690
Santorum: 608
Rubio: 561
Christie: 546
Kasich: 363
Bush: 307
Sanders: 114
Clinton: 14
O’Malley: 0

Using a standard % grading scale. Cruz and Huckabee have A’s. Carson and Trump have B’s. Fiorina and Paul have C’s. Santorum, Rubio, and Christie have D’s. And the rest all have F’s.

Now these points/grades are just based alone on the Des Moines Register’s questions and information. Nothing of my own from speaking with, hearing the candidates during the debate, prayer about the candidates and gut instinct. That does change the grade.

Days before the caucus

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In the few days leading up to the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucus. There are 5 candidates that have loyal supporters. And this is to be commended.

Of those 5 candidates, 2 will go on to become nominees for President of the United States in the 2016 election. The other 3 will not make the cut.

The problem arises on how these loyal supporters of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders treat the supporters of their party’s opponents.

I have seen the supporters of Cruz and Paul verbally attack the supporters of Trump. This is not a way to win friends or influence people to join your cause and switch sides to support another candidate.

I have witnessed the majority of Trump supporters ignore the taunts from Cruz/Paul supporters and instead focus on the character, record, and policies of the other candidates.

The same is true with the democrats. The supporters of Hillary do not attack the supporters of Bernie or vice versa, they attack the records and policies presented by the candidates. And this is why they usually end up winning elections. Their party isn’t attacking itself.

The worst offenders of these attacks on supporters come from the so-called Cruz evangelical camp. Their character is anything but Christian. They are the type of people that give Christianity a bad name among unbelievers and provide a poor witness to the glory of Christ.

No matter which candidate of the liberal left wins the nomination, the Democratic party will unite behind that candidate. Be it Hillary or Bernie. No Democrat will stay home because their candidate wasn’t nominated.

But on the Republican side, because the party is so blinded by internal hatred. The evangelicals will stay home and not vote if their idolized candidate is not nominated. And the Rand Paul supporters are already calling for Rand to run as a 3rd party candidate.

The loss of all these voters will give the liberals the White House once again in the general election of 2016. Four more years of failed socialist agenda and progressive polices that are anti-Christian and anti-American.

When I go to my caucus on Monday the 1st of February. I will cast my first vote in the POTUS election cycle. My vote may not be for the candidate who eventually gets the nomination. But it will be for the person I think will do the best job of bringing our country back from the brink in this darkest of hours.

And when the Republican party does finally name the nominee for President, I will put my full support behind that nominee. And it doesn’t matter which one of the candidates is named. Until that point however, I keep an open mind. Convince me by facts and truth with prayer. Not by name calling and insulting me.

Birther Craze

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Rafael Edward Cruz is a natural born US citizen and is eligible to become President of the United States.

Even in pre-Revolutionary times, a child born to a citizen who was living abroad was a “natural born citizen.”

That is the only way to be a natural born citizen of the United States. One or both parents must be citizens. If they are not, then the child is not a citizen either. The child inherits the citizenship of the parents.

And to clarify this position, “natural born” includes but is not limited to: breech born, cesarean section, induced and any other method that may be used. The child can also be born at home, a hospital, or anywhere else for that matter, even Canada.

As long as one or both parents are citizens of the United States at the time of birth, then the child will also be a citizen of the United States. It’s very simple to understand.

However, if a child is born to illegal alien immigrants, legal residents on a visa, foreign tourists, or recent legal immigrants. Then the child is not a citizen of the United States. There are no anchor babies. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution was not and does not apply to children who’s parents are not citizens.

For those children who are born in the United States from recent legal immigrants who have applied for citizenship and have not yet been granted it. A court order can give those children natural born citizenship status after the parents become citizens.

So Senator Cruz, like Obama, is a natural born citizen of the United States. And he is eligible to be President.

Endorsements and Secret Meetings

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Here in my home state of Iowa, we have the unique privilege of vetting the candidates for President before anyone begins to vote on them. This is an issue we take very seriously. Our caucus is next month and many people are still undecided when it comes to the Republican field.

As far as the Democrats go, it’s almost a sure thing for Hillary Clinton unless the millennials come out in great numbers and call for the Socialist Bernnie Sanders. That is yet to be determined.

For the mainstream however, most of us are undecided. Myself included. I have leanings towards several candidates. But yet so-called Conservative leaders in our State and across the nation have taken it upon themselves to cast secret ballots in secret meetings and come up with the nominee for the movement and the Republican Party.

This cabal of un-elected power mongers, who like to think of themselves as Kingmakers. Have decided for all of us, with a vote behind closed doors that Ted Cruz should be our man. This is a bad mistake on a number of levels.

Ted Cruz isn’t above being a liar. He lied about the Huckabee rally in Kentucky for the imprisoned county clerk when he knew full well that it was a Huckabee rally. Yet he tried to crash it for his own political gain.

Ted Cruz also isn’t a fighter. He doesn’t stand up to the black robed tyrants of the court system. To him, the opinions of the court are law. Which means he isn’t even going to try to fight the courts on any issue if he becomes President.

Ted Cruz isn’t for the Fair Tax. So he still wants to have a smaller corrupt IRS system which taxes your income and keeps people in poverty. We all should be able to take home what we make. Now one alone isn’t enough to disqualify him. But it’s another nail in the coffin.

And I, and others, just don’t have a good feeling when it comes to Ted Cruz. Call it intuition if you will, or a Believer, you can also call it the Holy Spirit speaking to us. But either way Ted Cruz is NOT our voice.

Those conservative leaders who decided that Cruz was the man for the movement in their secret meetings and who have already endorsed him because of it risk alienating the base who is still majorly undecided. And it makes them angry and causes fractures that the cabal wanted to prevent with their meddling. And it may even lead to conservative voters staying home for the caucus and on election night. And that would open the door for Hillary or Sanders to take the White House without a fight.

We may be on our way to having new leaders of our movement in this election cycle. As our current leadership continues to fail us and costs us election after election.

Despite the polling numbers, the other candidates still have a chance to swell once the caucus and primary season kicks off. Come SuperTuesday we will know who is still in the running and who is not.